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Complete Boulder Holiday Events Guide 2019

by Rachel Daly
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Excited for the holidays? Get ready for a fun-filled season of parades, festivals, handmade markets, fireworks, visits with Santa and so much more! Here is your complete guide to over 50 holiday events happening in and around Boulder. (For a full listing of visits with Santa around the area click here!)

Mollie McGees Holiday Market

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When: Saturday, November 23 from 9 AM – 5 PM & Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 10 AM – 4 PM

Mollie McGee’s Craft Markets feature only the highest quality handcrafted items as well as a selection of unique items not found in most malls. Mollie McGee’s Fall and Holiday Markets boast over 160 booths at each show.

The market will be held at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501. Cost: $5 for both days (coupon for $1 off here), kids under 12 are FREE.

Multiple Piano Festival

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When: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7 PM

Multiple Piano Festival is a very exciting event which has delighted audiences for over 25 years! 12 grand pianos, 24-36 students playing duet/trio pieces in unison led by a conductor. Performances feature a wonderful variety of music, from Mozart to Movie Themes, with some holiday favorites as well.

The Multiple Piano Festival will be held at Skyline High School, 600 E Mountain View Ave, Longmont, CO 80501. Tickets $15.

Santa’s Cellar Craft Fair

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When: Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 8 AM – 3 PM

Check out the Santa Cellar Craft Fair, held at the Broomfield Community Center. Our Annual Santa’s Cellar Craft Fair features five rooms filled with local crafters from Colorado. Santa visits from 10 a.m. until noon! Find something special for everyone on your list. The Ninth Reindeer Cafe will be open during the Craft Fair from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for your snacking needs. Located in the Lakeshore Room. Take a look at the Breakfast and Lunch menus.

Santa’s Cellar will be held at the Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020. Cost: FREE.

Stanley Hotel Holiday Artisans Market

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When: November 23 – 24, 2019 from 10 AM – 5 PM

The Stanley Hotel Holiday Artisans market features 35 artists in the Hotel’s historic MacGregor room. All artwork will be made by the hand of each participating artist making for one of a kind unique gifts including, jewelry, ceramics, photography, writing, books, paintings, baked goods and more.

The market will be held at the Stanley Hotel, 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.  This event is free.

Downtown Boulder’s Switch on the Holidays | Boulder Holiday Event

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When: Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 5 PM – 6 PM

Switch on the Holidays is back with a holiday sing-along performance led by the Colorado Caroling Company lead up to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall, with a special appearance by Santa himself! Then stick around for FREE visits with Santa until 7 PM.

This event will be held outside the Boulder County Courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall, Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80302. Cost: FREE.

Nutcracker Tea

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When: Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 11 AM – 1 PM

An unforgettable holiday tradition to kick off your holiday season, The Colorado Conservatory of Dance will be hosting a Nutcracker Tea at the Gatehouse. With a Victorian tea and service, edible delights, storytelling, and breathtaking divertissements from The Nutcracker, there’s something for everyone at this splendid party. Details here.

This event will be held at the Gatehouse at Lionsgate Events Center, 1055 S 112th St, Lafayette, CO 80026. Tickets $32+, available here.

Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas at Boulder Theater

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When: Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 7 PM

Michael Martin Murphey brings his Cowboy Christmas to Boulder, a combination of poetry and music and stories that’ll warm you, body and soul. A multiple Grammy nominee, Michael Martin Murphey has six gold albums and writes and plays country, bluegrass and folk music.

This concert will be held at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302. Tickets $35 – $50, available here.

Centennial Ballet’s Sugar Plum Tea Party

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When: Saturday, November 24 & Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 1 PM & 4 PM

Centennial State Ballet’s fundraiser, the Sugar Plum Tea Party includes a delightful afternoon of warm tea, sweet and savory edibles and harp accompaniment as well as a souvenir photo taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy character. Centennial State Ballet invites both young and old to join them in a wonderful afternoon at the start of the 2019 holiday season.

The tea party will be held at the Xilinx Retreat Center, 3100 Logic Drive, Longmont, CO 80503. Cost: $35/person. Tickets here.

Season of Light + Holiday Music Show at Fiske

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When: Sunday, November 24 & 30, 2019 (Season of Light Laser Show throughout December, full schedule here.)

Light up the cold dark season with Fiske Planetarium‘s warm and bright holiday showSeason of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem”. This show traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah.

Fiske Planetarium is located at 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309. Tickets and showtimes here.

Louisville WinterSkate

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When: Thanksgiving week ’til the end of February, hours here.

Located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville WinterSkate is an old-fashioned ice skating rink complete with skate rental, concessions and traditional holiday music. Celebrating its thirteenth year as the original outdoor ice skating rink in the community, WinterSkate presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the winter season in a beautiful small-town setting.

Louisville WinterSkate is held at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville. Cost (includes skate rental): Adults: $10, Kids (ages 4-12): $9, Children (ages 3 & under): Free, College Students and Military (with valid ID): $8, Senior Citizens (65+): $8, Family 4-pack: $32.

Winterfest Wednesday

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When: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 from 5 PM – 8 PM

Winterfest Wednesday is The Orchard‘s annual kick-off to the holiday season, kicking off the holiday season and transforming Town Center Square into a child’s holiday dream. The opening show will offer families a tantalizing tale of fun as a cast of characters come to life before their eyes, dancing, singing and helping all of us to find the spirit of the holidays. Santa will make his grand arrival at 5:30 PM joining in the fun and bringing to life The Orchard’s 50’ Christmas Tree with lights and music. Festivities will continue through the evening with music and entertainment!

The Orchard Town Center is located at 14697 Delaware St #850, Broomfield, CO 80023. This event is FREE.

Jingle Bell Bash

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When: Friday, November 29, 2019 from 3 PM – 6 PM

Twenty-Ninth Street will be hosting the Jingle Bell Bash, for all ages! Cookie decorating, hot chocolate, face painting, and visits with Santa.

This event will be held at The Barrel in Central Plaza, 1710 29th St #1048, Boulder, CO 80301. This event is FREE.

Longmont Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

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When: November 29, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Longmont kicks off the holidays! Bring your friends and family and celebrate with a ton of special events including: Santa, Holidays Around the World hosted by Patrick Paws from LMNO Puppets, Cultural Festivity, sing-alongs, caroling, warm drinks, crafts snacks & Goodie Bags.

This event is held in Downtown Longmont, 6th Ave. Plaza, west of 6th Ave. and Main St. Cost: FREE.

Boulder Ballet’s The Nutcracker

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When: November 29 – December 1, 2019

Thanksgiving weekend, the curtain rises for America’s favorite ballet, brought to life by Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic. Make your plans now for this thrilling and heartwarming spectacle, all performed to Tchaikovsky’s masterful score.

The Nutcracker will be performed at Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, Colorado 80309. Cost: $15 – $84, tickets here.

Boulder SantaCon

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When: November 30, 2019, time TBD

SantaCon is simply a gathering of people dressed as Santa. Traditionally, SantaCon is free to attend, however, some events have costs that need to be covered and the organizers ask for a contribution. Others are held in support of a good cause and also have a mandatory contribution. Boulder SantaCon has not yet released more details, but I will update as the information comes in.

SantaCon is held in downtown Boulder. Cost: FREE.

St. Nick on the Bricks | Boulder Holiday Event

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When: Friday, November 29, 2019 & Saturdays November 30 – December 21, 2019, from 11 AM – 2 PM

Head to Pearl Street where kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for FREE. Bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.

Find Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center, 1301 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302. Cost: FREE.

Estes Park Catch the Glow Christmas Celebration

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When: Friday, November 29, 2019 starting at 12 PM

Estes Park is celebrating the holiday season with the Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration. With holiday music broadcast outdoors throughout the town helping set the scene, you can stroll the magical downtown and visit with Santa Claus at his workshop near Bond Park from noon to 2 PM.  The lighted Christmas parade begins at 5:30 PM and runs the length of Elkhorn Ave. All activities are free.

This FREE event will be held in Downtown Estes Park.

Santa HQ at Flatiron Crossing

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When: Throughout November & December. Hours vary, see schedule here. Make reservations here (optional).

Santa is available for photos and visits at Santa’s Headquarters presented by HGTV, located at the base of Flatiron Crossing‘s Grand Staircase. Reservations available, but not required. Exciting Features include Elf-Ray Vision, Naughty-or-Nice ‘O Meter, Holiday Fun Photo Options & More! Reserve your time with Santa here.

Santa will be at Flatiron Crossing Mall, 1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr, Broomfield, CO 80021. Cost: Photo packages start at $34.99.

Niwot’s Enchanted Evening

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When: Friday, November 29, 2019 from 5:45 PM – 9 PM

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, the community of Niwot officially ushers in the holiday season with Enchanted Evening. The night will begin with the lighting of the community tree, welcoming Santa to town, presenting a Live Ice Sculpture demonstration in Cottonwood Square. Check out Ptarmigan String Quartet who will be performing Holiday music in the Grange with Santa from 6-8:30 PM. For full event info, click here.

Enchanted Evening will be held at Cottonwood Square, Downtown Niwot. This event is FREE.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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When: November 29 – December 14, 2019. Times vary, see schedule here.

The Longmont Theatre Company presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world – so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Laughs abound in this funny and touching holiday classic.

The Longmont Theatre Company is located at 513 Main St, Longmont, Colorado 80501. Cost: $10. Tickets available here.

Holiday Open House at The Flower Bin

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When: November 29 – December 1, 2019, full schedule here.

Check out The Flower Bin of Longmont’s Holiday Open House featuring live entertainment, holiday cookies, apple cider and visits with Santa! The Flower Bin will have all the essential holiday decorations on hand for sale including live Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, poinsettias and more. Full schedule here.

The Flower Bin is located at 1805 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501. Cost: FREE.

Charlie Brown goes to the Nutcracker

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When: Saturdays, November 30 – December 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Jazz up your holiday season at St Julien Hotel & Spa with this complimentary performance. The show blends the music from “Charlie Brown Christmas” show, composed by Vince Guaraldi, with the jazz versions of “The Nutcracker,” written by Duke Ellington, features the Ron LeGault Trio. Curl up by the fireplace, sip a seasonal cocktail and spread holiday cheer.

See the performance at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa Great Room, 900 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Open to the public.

Hazel Miller Band Holiday Show

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When: Saturday, December 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Colorado favorite Hazel Miller, the most sought after performer in Colorado for the past 30 years, will kick off the holiday season with arrangements of seasonal favorite tunes infused with jazz, swing, gospel, latin and pop flavors at Hazel Miller Band’s Holiday Show.

Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Cost: $25, tickets here.

Face Vocal Band Holiday Concert

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When: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Face is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for fifteen years with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. “Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing…Face take their audience on a musical journey and it’s fantastic fun.” Named “Best Local Musician/Group” by Boulder Weekly in 2015, 2014 and “Best Local Band” by Denver A-List 2013. These shows will sell out! Get your tickets early.

FACE Holiday Concert will be held at Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302. Tickets $25 – $45, available here.

Scrooge, A Musical

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When: December 6 –  29, 2019. Times vary, schedule here.

Jester’s Dinner Theatre presents Scrooge, a musical version of the the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol”. The Jesters has been doing this production every Christmas for over 20 years! Don’t miss this classic.

Jester’s Dinner Theatre is located at 224 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501. $17 and up. Tickets here.

Erie Country Christmas & Parade of Lights

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When: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 5 PM – 8 PM

Erie is hosting its annual Country Christmas & Parade of Lights, featuring Santa’s Workshop, Local School Choirs, complimentary s’mores, living Nativity scene, free hayrides and a Parade of Lights followed by visits with Santa!

This event is held in Historic Downtown Erie, Briggs St & Moffat St, Erie, CO 80516, and is FREE.

Callahan Holiday Open House

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When: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 4 PM – 7 PM

Come to the Historic Callahan House for the Holiday Open House to tell Santa what you want for Christmas! Parents, bring your own cameras to capture the memories. The house will be open for tours as well so you have an opportunity to enjoy the holiday decorations. The line for Santa ends at 6:30 PM. The public is welcome and admission is free.

This free event will be held at the Historic Callahan House, 312 Terry St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Louisville Parade of Lights

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When: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 9 PM

Join Louisville in its annual Parade of Lights. Enjoy musical entertainment provided by local schools & churches, a living nativity, petting zoo and visits with Santa.  The Parade begins at 7:00 PM at the south end of Main Street and ends on South Street. Enjoy choirs singing, the living nativity, visits with Santa, carolers, ice skating and lots more!

This event will be held at Main St, Louisville, CO 80027. The event is FREE.

Broomfield Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

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When: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 6 PM – 8:30 PM

All of Broomfield welcomes the arrival of Santa Claus at the George DiCiero City and County Building at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy children caroling from the local schools, decorated Community Park trees, and the annual lighting of the community holiday tree by the Mayor. You can also ride the holiday wagon ride and talk to Santa. Bundle up and share in the Holiday Cheer!

George DiCiero City and County Building is located at 1 Descombes Dr, Broomfield, CO 80020. This event is FREE.

Jingle Bell Fridays at Village at the Peaks

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When: December 6, 13 & 20, 2019 from 5 PM – 8 PM

Village at the Peaks is hosting Jingle Bell Friday this season! Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, cocoa with Santa’s elves, music from Brothers of Brass and more. Details here.

Village at the Peak is located at 1250 S Hover St, Longmont, Colorado 80501. This event is FREE.

CU Holiday Festival

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When: December 6 – 8, 2019, full schedule here.

Boulder’s most beloved December tradition gathers together for the Holiday Festival,  CU’s most remarkable student and faculty talent for an unforgettable concert that’s fun for the whole family. Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and festive atmosphere of Macky Auditorium as student choirs, bands and orchestras perform holiday favorites and new surprises.

Where: Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80309. Cost: Starting at $20, Tickets available here.

Boulder Lights of December Parade | Boulder Holiday Event

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When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6 PM

Head downtown for Boulder’s annual tradition, the 32nd Lights of December Parade. The parade features floats decorated by local businesses and organizations, as well as marching bands, fire engines, holiday carolers and of course – Santa!

The parade of lights is held on the Pearl Street Mall, Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80302. This event is FREE.

Superior’s Skate with Santa

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When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 3 PM – 5 PM

The holiday festivities begin at the Superior Sports Stable for Superior Chamber’s Skate with Santa. Skate with Santa at the Sport Stable from 3:15-4:45 PM. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available as well as an opportunity to have your photo with Santa.

The Superior Sports Stable is located at 1 Superior Drive, Superior, CO 80027. This event is FREE.

Niwot Holiday Parade

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When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11 AM – 1 PM

Santa returns to Niwot Saturday morning, December 1, to join in on the Holiday Parade. The parade starts at 11:00 AM. Participants will march down 2nd Ave from Murray Street to Niwot Road. When the parade finishes Santa will be in the Grange until 1:00 PM to take the children’s Christmas gift wish list. The local business will be open with additional craft vendors in the Grange.

Along 2nd Avenue from Murray Street to Niwot Road, Downtown Niwot. This event is FREE.

Longmont Museum Holiday Show

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When: December 7, 2019 at 2 PM & 7 PM, details here.

The Longmont Museum’s holiday tradition continues with the Holiday Show. Join the Longmont Museum for songs of the season and holiday cheer from some of the finest musicians and performers in the region. Featuring singer-songwriter Ayo Awasika, the Longmont All Star Jazz Band, the Rocky Mountain Ringers, and much more. Matinee ONLY: Special Santa reception with complimentary cookies and hot chocolate before matinee performance only, beginning at 3 PM. Concert begins at 4 PM.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is located at 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501, Cost: $20 Adult, $15 Seniors & Students. Tickets available here.

Santa’s House Boulder

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When: December 7 & 8, 2019 from 10 AM – 4 PM

A holiday tradition since 1972, Santa’s House is a community event hosted by the women of Boulder Area Alumnae Panhellenic for kids and families in the Boulder and North Metro area. Kids will enjoy meeting Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Christmas Bear & Puppy, and Mother Goose. Games with prizes, music and storytelling are also available – bring your camera to capture the magic of the holiday season. Proceeds benefit local charities Imagine! and EFAA.

Pi Beta Phi University of Colorado at Boulder, 890 11th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Tickets $5 (cash only).

Holiday Mountain Market in Nederland

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When: December 7, 2019 from 10 AM – 5 PM & December 8, 2019 from 10 AM – 4 PM

Visit Nederland’s Holiday Mountain Market, held the first weekend in December at the Nederland Community Center. In addition to photos with Santa, this annual arts and crafts festival features local mountain artists, unique gifts, festive food, a silent auction, and holiday music.  Photos with Santa 12 PM – 3 PM each day.

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Historic Hoverhome’s Annual Holiday Tours

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When: December 7 – December 28, 2019 from 1 PM – 4 PM

Come and enjoy the holiday season at Historic Hoverhome in Longmont! Tour this beautifully decorated 1913-1914 historic house all decked-out for the holidays. These open-house tours allow guests to tour the house at their leisure, and no RSVPs are required. Tours also include hot cider and cookies, Christmas music and caroling, and costumed docents. Tour fees and donations collected assist The St. Vrain Historical Society with the management, preservation, and care of Hoverhome.

Historic Hoverhome is located at 1309 Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501-3161, United States. Cost: $10/person. Kids under 6 are FREE.

Lafayette’s Home for the Holidays

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When: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Join Lafayette for this free event, Home for the Holidays featuring a tree lighting, caroling and more. Visit with Santa and Jingles D. Checker, kids crafts, High Peaks Twirlers performance, caroling, and see the tree lighting.

This event will be held at Festival Plaza, 311 S Public Rd, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights & Craft Bazaar

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When: December 7, 2019. Full schedule here.

The bright glow of the holidays is once again coming to the Town of Lyons for the Lyons Holiday Bazaar & the Holiday Parade of Lights.  All weekend long, stop by the craft bazaar, featuring 60+ local artisans. The parade will will be filled with illuminated, colorful floats, many of which will be decorated in the theme of this year’s parade — Winter Wonderland. Live music and entertainment will follow the parade as well as a fireworks display!

The Holiday Parade of Lights will be held at Sandstone Park, Lyons, CO 80540. The event is FREE.

The Nutcracker with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra

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When: December 7 & 8, 2019, schedule here.

This December, the curtain rises for America’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker, brought to life by the Boulder Ballet and the Longmont Symphony. Make your plans now for this thrilling and heart-warming spectacle, all performed to Tchaikovsky’s masterful score. A holiday tradition with exciting choreography and a full, live orchestra! There will also be a sensory-friendly concert, The Gentle Nutcracker, held to accommodate individuals with special needs and their families.

This event is held at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E Mountain View Ave, Longmont, CO 80504. Tickets $10+, available here.

Winter Market at Boulder County Fairgrounds

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When: December 7 – 8, 2019 from 9 AM – 3 PM

The 13th Annual Winter Market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds on Dec. 2 and 3 will feature 70 local food growers and producers and 60 Colorado artists. Enjoy the flavors of root vegetables, winter squash, specialty cuts of lamb, beef and pork, fresh eggs, preserved fruits and vegetables, wine, coffee, and delicious baked goods. Free kids activities. Grab breakfast or lunch, listen to live music, and browse local art including candles, jewelry, photography, stationery, and knitwear.

Boulder County Fairgrounds is located at 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Holiday Celebration at Broomfield Plaza

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When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 12 PM – 2 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Broomfield Plaza! Bring the whole family and join us for some festive holiday cheer at the Holiday Celebration. FREE activities include carriage rides, Santa and his elves, photo ops, live music & entertainment, carolers, holiday crafts and holiday train rides!

Broomfield Plaza is located at 5015 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Boulder Children’s Chorale Holiday Performance

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When: Sunday, December 9, 2019 at 2 & 4 PM

Check out the Boulder Children’s Chorale performance of Songs for the Season at the Boulder Public Library. Experience some holiday cheer in this free performance featuring the four choirs of the Boulder Children’s Chorale.

 Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302. These performances are FREE.

Breakfast with Santa in Broomfield

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When: TBD

Join Santa in a free breakfast of coffee, juice, fruit and pastries at the annual Broomfield Lions Club‘s Breakfast with Santa. The Lions Club will host Santa as well as playing Christmas movies for the kids at the Broomfield Community Center Lakeshore Room.

 Broomfield Community Center is located at 280 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020. This event is FREE.

Chautauqua WinterFest Day and Weekend Pass

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When: December 13 – 15, 2019, full schedule here.

The Colorado Chautauqua presents a weekend of holiday festivities in Boulder’s most magical setting! With a day pass you can: take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic Chautauqua campus; glide across the outdoor skating rink encircled with holiday lights; join in our Chautauqua scavenger hunt and take home a keepsake family Polaroid. The following activities are FREE without the pass: Santa’s cottage tour and photo opportunity, children’s cocoa and crafts in the Community House, historic cottage tour (children ages 12 and under) , ice skating (children ages 3 and under) & the WinterFest Market in the historic Missions House Lodge. For all the details, click here.

Winterfest will be held at Colorado Chautauqua, Baseline Rd & 9th St, Boulder, CO 80302. Some activities are free — see details here. Day passes ($18) and weekend passes ($28) for other activities like the carriage rides can be purchased here.

Frequent Flyers Presents Wonder

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When: December 13 – 15, 2019, full schedule here

Celebrate the holidays with Frequent Flyers in Wonder. An alchemy of live music, aerial dance and you. Expect a magical evening of joy and reverence with dancers on aerial fabrics, lyra, trapeze, and more!

Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Cost: $26+. Tickets available here.

Longmont Lights Holiday Festival & Parade

When: Friday, December 13, 2019 from 5 PM – 8 PM and Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 5 PM – 7 PM

Join Longmont in its annual weekend holiday celebration, Longmont Lights! The festival begins on Friday at Roosevelt Park with Santa’s Workshop, a free craft area for kids and visits with Santa, live reindeer, holiday ice show, open skating, hot cocoa carts, fire pits and food truck sales. The evening culminates in a fireworks display. On Saturday, enjoy open skate ice skating and the Jingle Bell Rock Parade down Main Street. For the full schedule of events, click here.

Longmont Lights will be held at Roosevelt Park & Downtown Longmont, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501. The event is FREE.

Jamestown Holiday Art and Craft Sale

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When: Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10 AM – 3 PM

Jamestown’s Annual Holiday Art and Craft Sale takes place in the Historic Jamestown Town Hall. Come up to this beautiful Mountain Town for this one of a kind event. Fine Art, Hand Blown Glass, Jewelry, Knitwear, Woodwork, Pottery, Crystals and Gems, Made in the Mountains Soaps and Lotions, Quilting and More. Homemade soups and chili will be available for lunch as well as fresh baked goods.

Historic Jamestown Town Hall is located at 118 Main St, Jamestown, CO 80455

Niwot’s Holiday Fayre

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When: Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 4 PM

Sponsored by Women’s International Niwot ClubHoliday Fayre features over 20 vendors selling a variety of items. One highlight is the bake sale of homemade cookies, cakes and so much more — including many British favorites rarely seen in our small town. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand to visit with the children from 1 PM – 3 PM. All proceeds benefit local charities.

This free event will be held at Left Hand Grange No. 9, 195 2nd Ave, Niwot, CO 80544.

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market

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When: December 14, 2019 from 10 AM – 5 PM & December 15, 2019 from 10 AM – 4 PM

Firefly Handmade is hosting its Holiday Market with festive live music at the cozy Balch Fieldhouse on the CU campus. Firefly Handmade is Colorado’s inspired indie artisan market. We are a community of makers, entrepreneurs, and artists who are passionate about sharing craft and supporting local business. Each market is unique, with 100+ new and returning carefully and creatively curated indie artisans, musicians, eats, and DIY opportunities. Discover unique handmade home goods, jewelry & accessories, adult & children’s fashion, skin care, ceramics, art, artisanal food, paper goods, pet goods, and more.

This free event will be held at the Balch Fieldhouse, 1951 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO 80305

Jeff and Paige Chanukah Concert

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Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 4 PM – 5 PM

Join the Boulder Jewish Community Center for an interactive musical celebration of Hanukkah with Jeff and Paige! With elaborate costumes and song, Jeff and Paige use storytelling to explore Hanukkah and celebrate its many traditions. This a family-friendly event, and all ages are welcome!

Boulder JCC is located at 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder, CO 80303, Cost: $13 per child, $8 for Adults, Children under 2 are FREE, register here.

Broomfield Symphony – Christmas Pictures

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Photo Courtesy Broomfield Symphony Orchestra

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3 PM

Broomfield Symphony Orchestra Presents Christmas Pictures! Featuring three rare, early 20th century silent holiday films, with musical arrangements by Rodney Sauer and selections from Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel” Broomfield Symphony is partnering with Broomfield FISH to collect food items for this concert! Bring a food item and receive a $2 discount on your ticket at the door. Information about Broomfield FISH can be found at https://www.broomfieldfish.org/.

Broomfield Auditorium is located at 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield, CO 80020. Tickets $22/Adults, $8/Students, $17/Seniors, $4/Kids 12 & Under, available here.

Ignite Chanukah 2019

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Photo Courtesy Boulder JCC

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2019 from 6 PM – 10 PM

Ignite Chanukah is a fast-paced, fun-filled evening of 5 minute TED-talk-style presentations given by your peers. Pair that with latkes, falafel, and open bar, and it is sure to be a night not to miss. It is the biggest Adult Chanukah Party in Boulder! Tickets include: admission, open bar, latkes, falafel, snacks, raffle prize ticket, & admission to the after party! Stay to see your peers share stories about their passions, in short, 5-minute presentations. Stay even longer for the after party! This is a 21+ event.

Where: Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302. Cost: $30, tickets available here.

Centennial State Ballet’s The Nutcracker

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Photo Courtesy Centennial State Ballet

When: December 20 – 22, 2019, Schedule here.

Centennial State Ballet is proud to present the 19th annual performances of The Nutcracker. The classic holiday tale of Clara and her prince as they travel to the land of sweets comes to life on stage, in this grand-scale production.

This performance will be held at Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot Rd, Niwot, Colorado 80503. Tickets $22+, available here.

Gingerbread Decorating Party

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Photo Courtesy Por Wine House

When: December 20 – 22, 2019, full schedule here.

Por Wine House and Bittersweet Cafe will be hosting their 4th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party this year at The Courtyard event space, just behind Bittersweet – Cafe. This kid-centric event is fun for the whole family. Each ticket is just $20 and includes (1) Gingerbread House, free entry for parent(s) or guardian mounds of treats for decorating and a free hot chocolate! Do to limited space we require a minimum of 1 gingerbread house per 2 seated guests.

This event will be held at The Courtyard behind Bittersweet Cafe, 836 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027. Reserve your spot here.

A Midwinter Night’s Revels

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Photo Courtesy Rocky Mountain Revels

When: December 20 – December 26, 2019, Times vary, see schedule here.

Celebrate the season through music, dance, and drama with the Rocky Mountain Revels. An eagerly awaited holiday tradition, A Midwinter Night’s Revels with a show steeped in Irish music, dance and story-telling. This spirited chorus of adults and children will capture your hearts and set the stage for the holidays! This year’s Christmas Revels will draw you into the celebration with audience sing-alongs, Mummer’s Play and Lord of the Dance. Popular local Irish musicians and award winning step dancers set your blood pumping and your heart singing!

Dairy Arts Center is located at  2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Cost: $28/Adults, $20/Child, tickets here.

Chanukah on Pearl Street

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When: Monday, December 23, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 8 PM

The annual Menorah Lighting on Pearl Street has become a holiday ritual for numerous local Jewish families. The event features live music, Chanukah favors, plenty of fresh sufganiot, Menorah Lighting under the stars with the Participation of Community Leaders and Dignitaries, a fresh, hot Latke Bar,  as well as hot coffee, hot chocolate and more.

This free event is held at the Pearl Street Mall, Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80302.

Chanukah on Ice

When: Thursday, December 29, 2019 from 4 PM – 6 PM

Skate with family and friends to Chanukah music at Chanukah on Ice! Lighting of the community Menorah in Louisville will be followed by a night of ice skating and delicious sufganiyot (jelly donuts)! For more information, contact Chany at lbkosher@gmail.com or Irene at irene@boulderjcc.org.

Steinbaugh Pavilion is located at 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville.

About Rachel Daly

I am Rachel, Boulder writer, mother and animal lover. It is my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I've learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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